Therapeutic Indications Of STELARA
immunosuppressant that reduces the effects of a chemical substance in the body that can cause inflammation.
used to treat plaque psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis in adults and children who are at least 6 years old.
Stelara is used in adults to treat moderately to severely active Crohn's disease after other medicines have been tried without success.
Method Of Administration Of STELARA
Stelara is intended for use under the guidance and supervision of a doctor experienced in treating conditions for which STELARA is intended.
Always use this medicine exactly as your doctor has told you. Check with your doctor if you are not sure. Talk to your doctor about when you will have your injections and follow-up appointments.
How much Stelara is given
Your doctor will decide how much Stelara you need to use and for how long.
Adults aged 18 years or older
Psoriasis or Psoriatic Arthritis
• The recommended starting dose is 45 mg Stelara. Patients who weigh more than 100 kilograms (kg) may start on a dose of 90 mg instead of 45 mg.
• After the starting dose, you will have the next dose 4 weeks later, and then every 12 weeks. The following doses are usually the same as the starting dose.
Crohn’s disease or Ulcerative Colitis
• During treatment, the first dose of approximately 6 mg/kg Stelara will be given by your doctor through a drip in a vein in your arm (intravenous infusion). After the starting dose, you will receive the next dose of 90 mg Stelara after 8 weeks, then every 12 weeks thereafter by an injection under the skin (‘subcutaneously’).
• In some patients, after the first injection under the skin, 90 mg Stelara may be given every 8 weeks. Your doctor will decide when you should receive your next dose.
Undesirable Side Effects Of STELARA
fever, flu-like symptoms
stomach pain, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea
vaginal itching or discharge
pain or burning when you urinate
cough with mucus, shortness of breath, chest discomfort
redness at the injection site
Warnings & Special Precautions While Taking STELARA
You should not use Stelara if you have received a BCG (Bacillus Calmette and Guérin) vaccine within 1 year prior to, during, or 1 year following treatment.
Before you start treatment with Stelara, your doctor may perform tests to make sure you do not have tuberculosis.
Serious infections may occur during treatment with Stelara. Call your doctor right away if you have signs of infection such as: fever, chills, muscle pain, shortness of breath, weight loss, diarrhea or stomach pain, burning when you urinate, feeling very tired, skin warmth or redness, painful skin sores, or coughing up blood.
Ustekinumab may also cause a rare but serious condition affecting the brain. Tell your doctor right away if you have a headache, confusion, vision problems, or a seizure.